Found out today that as of 6/27/12, free meter parking is limited and places such as the airport for no more than 24 hours. From the State's Electric vehicle website http://energy.hawaii.gov/programs/trans ... dy-program
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•Act 168 includes:
•The department of transportation may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the registration of, and issuance of special license plates for, electric vehicles.
•An electric vehicle on which an electric vehicle license plate is affixed shall be exempt from payment of parking fees, including those collected through parking meters, charged by any state or county authority in this State, except that this exemption shall not apply:
•For more than two and one-half hours of metered parking, or the maximum amount of time the meter allows, whichever is longer; or To parking fees assessed in increments longer than one twenty-four-hour day, including weekly, monthly, or annual parking permits.
•An electric vehicle on which an electric vehicle license plate is affixed shall be exempt from high occupancy vehicle lane restrictions.
•For the purposes of this Act: Electric vehicle means : (1) A neighborhood electric vehicle; or ( 2 ) A vehicle, with four or more wheels, that draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least four kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity that can be recharged from an external source of electricity.
•This Act shall take effect upon its approval and shall be repealed on June 30, 2020.
What a setback to the EV industry! Sad legislators are more concerned about squeezing out a couple of dollars from the few EVs on the road over trying to promote clean transportation.